ROURKELA: Even as it is early summer, Rourkela city has started feeling the hot weather with mercury consistently hovering around 41 degree Celsius (C) over the past few days.
On Sunday, the city recorded maximum temperature of 41 degree C and the minimum of 24 degree C. Three days back, maximum day temperature was recorded at 41.4 degree C. During the last few days, the city experienced sudden rise in temperature by 10.30 am. As a result, vehicular traffic on roads came down and most shops downed the shutters by noon.
Almost similar hot condition prevailed in most parts of Sundargarh district. Due to rise in temperature, normal life has been affected with people preferring to stay indoor during afternoon.
Meanwhile, in view of the prevailing hot condition, all line departments have been instructed to take adequate precautionary measures. Sundargarh Collector Bhupendra Singh Poonia said though the temperature has gone up, there is no reason to worry. All 17 Block Development Officers (BDOs) and four Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) have been instructed to ensure adequate availability of drinking water. The health officials have also been asked to provide adequate medicines to all 86 health institutions of the district and Wards of local urban bodies for treatment of sun-stroke patients.
Poonia said working hours of educational institutions in the district have been rescheduled to morning from April 2, while the Labour Department has been asked not to engage the labourers in the work under open sky during peak hot hours.
Stating that adequate steps have been taken to protect the livestock, the Collector said there has been no report of any casualty due to sun-stroke. The administration is keeping a close watch on the situation, he added.
Meanwhile, water scarcity has surfaced in some places, particularly slum areas of the City. Basti Suraksha Samiti (BSS) president Biren Senapati said despite installation of several new tube-wells, drinking water crisis has not been curtailed. He alleged that with rise in temperature, some unscrupulous elements in slum clusters of Gopabandhupali and Timber Colony are selling water from their personal deep bore wells. Several small slums in Bonadmunda and hillside slum pockets of Sector 6 and 7 are facing drinking water scarcity, he added.